Born in Le Havre in 1883, half French and half Scottish, Ethel Gabain began her artistic career at the turn of the century and developed a distinctive feminine voice. Trained at the Slade School of Art and the Central School in London her skill as a lithographer allowed her to create subtle yet dynamic depictions of domestic life. Gabain was a founder member of the Senefelder Club, through which she met her future husband John Copley (1875-1950) with whom she established a strong creative partnership through printmaking. Expressing the concerns and drama of the female condition was central to Gabainís artistic process. As a gifted artist and printer the soft lines, meticulous details, and deep tones of her lithographs reveal tensions of loneliness and anxiety in a range of intimate moments.